A Hindutva Agenda For Political Action By Dr Subramanian Swamy President Janata Party

Every nation must have an identity to be regarded distinct. Even in United States of America, a relatively young nation created by an influx of immigration from diverse countries, scholars have felt the need to define the identity of an American. Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington has penned a book titled Who Are We? [ Penguin Books, India 2004] to define the American’s identity as a “White Anglo-Saxon Christian who speaks English”. It seems contrived since majority of Americans are not ‘White’, but Huntington is emphatic.

However, Huntington’s contribution is in seeing the two components of this identity that define it: Salience, which is the importance that the citizen attributes to national identity over the other many sub-identities. Second, Substance, which is what the citizens think they have in common, and which distinguishes them from others of other countries.
We in India today do not have to conjure up a contrived identity as Huntington valiantly had to do, because for us Salience is imbedded in the concept of Chakravartin, which Chanakya had spelt out with great clarity, while Substance is what Hindus have always searched for and found unity in all our diversities in, thanks our spiritual and religious leaders. And that invariably is the Hindu-ness of our people, which we now call as Hindutva.

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  • 1. Presented at the Bharatiya Vichar Manch Seminar on “Hindutva in Present Context” held in Karnavati, Gujarat on September 16-17, 2009 A HINDUTVA AGENDA FOR POLITICAL ACTION BY DR.SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY President of Janata Party & Fmr. Cabinet Minister for Commerce, Law & Justice, Government of India Email : swamy39@gmail.com THE IDENTITY OF AN INDIAN Every nation must have an identity to be regarded distinct. Even in United States of America, a relatively young nation created by an influx of immigration from diverse countries, scholars have felt the need to define the identity of an American. Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington has penned a book titled Who Are We? [ Penguin Books, India 2004] to define the American’s identity as a “White Anglo-Saxon Christian who speaks English”. It seems contrived since majority of Americans are not ‘White’, but Huntington is emphatic.
  • 2. 2 However, Huntington’s contribution is in seeing the two components of this identity that define it: Salience, which is the importance that the citizen attributes to national identity over the other many sub-identities. Second, Substance, which is what the citizens think they have in common, and which distinguishes them from others of other countries. We in India today do not have to conjure up a contrived identity as Huntington valiantly had to do, because for us Salience is imbedded in the concept of Chakravartin, which Chanakya had spelt out with great clarity, while Substance is what Hindus have always searched for and found unity in all our diversities in, thanks our spiritual and religious leaders. And that invariably is the Hindu-ness of our people, which we now call as Hindutva. The whole world has known our vast territory and millions of the inhabitants for centuries and called us as ‘India’ and ‘Indians’ or ‘Hind and Hindi’ or as the Chinese know us even today both as nation and people as ‘Yindu’. The root word in all these terms is ‘Hindu’, which word for the Persians, Arabs and Europeans meant a people living beyond the Sindhu river, and for the Chinese a people living beyond the Himalayas and bounded by the Indu Sagar [Indian Ocean]. The world knew us in these millenniums not as nomads but as a highly civilized people who produced exotic goods the world had never seen before and who were hospitable to visitors from abroad. Many travelers such as Fa Hsien, Yuan Chuang, Marco Polo, Vasco d’Gama, and Mark Twain wrote glowingly about the behaviourial quality of the Hindus, which can be summarized as the Hindu-ness [i.e., Hindutva] of the Indian people. More recently, Mr.Jonah Blank, an American journalist curious about this Hindutva, took a journey in 1991-92 from Ayodhya to Sri Lanka on the route taken by Lord Rama. He then wrote a book about titled: Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God—Retracing the Ramayana Through India [published by the well known Houghton Mifflin of Boston USA]. He writes: “India’s land may be ruled by aliens from time to time, but never her mind, never her soul…..In the end, it is always India that does the digesting” [p.217]. He concludes: “But somehow a nebulous sense of “Indianness” does exist, and it binds together Gujaratis, Orissans, to Nagas
  • 3. 3 who might seem to have nothing at all in common. Perhaps it is this elusive, undefinable [yet very real] link that has allowed the sub-continent’s multitude of races to live in some rough semblance of harmony for four thousand years”[p.218]. Despite Blank’s unthinking adherence to “facts” of Indian history as written out by British colonialists, the reality of his direct experiences from his travels in India makes him come to the opposite conclusion to the British colonialists viz., India has always existed because of the Indian-ness [read: Hindutva as Substance] of the people. This Hindu-ness or Hindutva has been our identifying characteristic, by which we have been recognized world-wide. The territory in which Hindus lived was known as Hindustan, i.e., a specific area of a collective of persons who are bonded together by this Hindu-ness. The Salience thus was given religious and spiritual significance by tirth yatra, kumbh mela, common festivals, and in the celebration of events in the Ithihasa, viz., Ramayana and Mahabharata. Hindu Rashtra thus defined, is our nation that is a modern Republic today, whose roots are also in the long unbroken Hindu civilisational history. Throughout this history we were a Hindu Republic and not a monarchy [a possible but weak exception being Asoka’s reign]. In this ancient Republican concept, the king did not make policy or proclaim the law. The intellectually accomplished elite in the society, known as Brahmans, framed the laws and state policy and the King implemented it. Hindutva hence, is our innate nature, while Hindustan is our territorial body, but Hindu Rashtra is our republican soul. Hindu panth [religion] is however a theology of faith. Even if an Indian has a different faith from a Hindu, he or she can still be possessed of Hindutva. Since India was 100 percent Hindu a millennium ago, the only way any significant group could have a different faith in today’s India is if they were converted from Hindu faith, or are of those whose ancestors were Hindus. Conversion of faith does not have to imply conversion to another culture or nature. Therefore, Hindutva can remain to be interred in a non-Hindu in India.
  • 4. 4 Hence, we can say that Hindustan is a country of Hindus and those others whose ancestors were Hindus. Acceptance with pride this reality by non-Hindus is to accept Hindutva. Hindu Rashtra is therefore a republican nation of Hindus and of those of other faiths who have Hindutva in them. This formulation settles the question of identity of the Hindustani or Indian. We Indians have been waffling on the question of identity now for over six decades. Time is at hand to rectify that waffle by adopting an Agenda for Action to inculcate Hindutva as the core of our identity. Its implementation requires political action. This is the goal of this essay: to chart a road map for India that is Hindustan to become a Hindu Rashtra based on Hindutva. This essay has been inspired by a comment of the greatest sage and sanyasi of the 20th century, namely Chandashekharendra Sarasvati, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt at Kanchipuram, TN, who is reverentially referred to as the Parmacharya. The great sage counseled the Indian leadership on August 15, 1947 that “having become free, we must translate that freedom into independence”. It is the content of that independence that should have concerned all thinkers since then, but did not. Prime Minister Nehru disregarded Parmacharya’s advice, ignorantly perhaps thinking that freedom and independence were synonymous words. These words are however not synonyms, and moreover, without independence we cannot retain freedom either for long. That is the danger today. Freedom is a physical attribute of a citizen’s rights, such as the right to a livelihood, the freedom of travel etc., while independence of a nation rests on the quality of the citizen’s thought such as his or her attitude to duties, morality, inter-personal relations, social commitment, and nationalism. This requires knowledge of the correct history of Hindustan a common language and a healthy mindset to act for the benefit of the nation. Hindutva embodies all these aspects. Hindutva however has to be inculcated in our people from values and norms that emerge out of Hindu renaissance, that is, a Hindu theology which is shorn of the accumulated but unacceptable baggage of the past as also by co-opting new scientific discoveries, perceptions and by synergizing with modernity. This is the only way that Hindustan can become a modern
  • 5. 5 Hindu Rashtra, thus achieving independence after having recovered our freedom [in 1947]– as Parmacharya had wanted.. I shall present such an Agenda here in three parts: First, I will highlight those parameters of Hindu theology which will circumscribe any Hindutva Agenda; Second, I will discuss a Five Point Hindutva Agenda as a road map for political action today; Third, I will raise some issues for consideration in the implementation of this Agenda. I THE PARAMETERS OF HINDU THEOLOGY Hinduism is not a theology founded on the revelation of a single prophet or constituted by a single scripture that which all adherents have to blindly believe in. It is instead accumulated wisdom of sages through centuries that has been codified as four Vedas, Upanishad, 18 Puranas, two Ithihasas, etc., There is in Hinduism no ‘Church’ to belong to, and to obey its dictums, or to believe in a ‘Pope’ who is held to be infallible, or to regard a ‘Bible’ as the sole Holy Book to specify what to believe in and what not to. Nor is there the likes of a Koran, Hadith or a Sura in Hinduism to goad the faithful in the name of submission to God, to commit as His direction violence against unbelievers termed as Kafirs and Dhimmis. Therefore, structurally, there is no scope for a Hindu to be a fundamentalist. For, fundamentalism by definition, requires an unquestioning commitment to the scripture in its pristine original version. For Hindus, there is no one scripture to revert to for theological purity since there are many scriptures which raise a plethora of beliefs and sustain faith, debates, and profound speculations on basic questions[e.g., Upanishads], such as on advaita, dvaita, astika and nastika. Questioning, debating and synthesizing are an integral part of Hindu theology. Nor does Hinduism have just one prophet to revere, or prohibits holding any other view of religious experience. But most of all, Hindus are committed to the search for truth [including knowing what is truth], for which incessant debate is permitted. Fundamentalists on the other hand
  • 6. 6 unquestioningly are committed to ‘the Book’. This is why Hindutva can never become fundamentalist, which Muslims and Christians can. Hindus thus have a vast rainbow spectrum of scriptures and a monumental accumulated wisdom of many sages that is contained in the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas etc., all of which intellectually hold that the Ultimate Truth is manifested in manifold ways. Culled from these scriptures are nine basic and liberal beliefs that constitute the Hindu-ness [that is, Hindutva] of a believer [see Annexure 1]. In brief it can be said that parameters of Hindu theology are Satyam, Shivam, and Sundaram. Hinduism also formally acknowledges that that there are many paths to reach God and hence treats other religions with respect on the principle of Sarva Pantha Sama Bhava even if these paths are not considered equally efficacious for reaching the Divine. That is why in Hindu civilisational history, there has never been burning of religious books of others, destructing places of these other religions, crucifying of prophets of other religions, holding of inquisitions, or even disrespecting other schools of thought. Jews and Zoroastrians suffering persecution in their own countries and elsewhere, found safe refuge only in Hindu India and were assisted by Hindus to practice their religion freely. No other religion has this track record or proud legacy of accomodation. Hindus instead have always believed in shashtrarthas[debate] to convert others to their point of view. Hence, even when Buddha challenged the ritualistic practices of Hindus, or Mahavira and Nanak gave fresh perspectives on Hindu concepts, there was never any persecution or denunciation of these great seers. Indeed these visionary seers are considered Hindu avataras and their teachings were challenged in debates and then synthesized into Hindu theology itself. That is why the Indian Constitution defines Hindus to include Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs, and in the crucial theological precepts, Hinduism of karma vidhi and re-incarnation is accepted by these other religions. Religious persecution however later came to India with Islam and Christianity and through their instrumentalities, in which the Hindus became their targets thereafter. Even today
  • 7. 7 in a 83% Hindu nation, that reality of targeting of Hindus exists in new and more camouflaged forms. Hence, the essentiality of Hinduism, or alternatively the core quality of being a Hindu, which we may call as our Hindu-ness [i.e., Hindutva], is that theologically there is no danger of Hindutva, or the advocacy of the same, of ever degenerating into fundamentalism. In fact, so liberal, sophisticated, and focused on inward evolution is Hindu theology, that in a series of Supreme Court judgments, various Constitutional Benches found it hard even to define Hinduism and Hindutva as anything but a way of life, as we discover from an useful review of these judgments by Bal Apte MP [in Supreme Court on Hindutva, India First Foundation, 2005]. HINDUTVA DEFINED Hindu-ness of outlook on life had been called Hindutva by Swami Vivekananda, and Hindutva’s political perspective was subsequently developed by Veer Savarkar. Deendayal Upadhaya briefly dealt with the concept of Hindutva when he wrote about chiti in his seminal work: Integral Humanism. The focus of all three profound thinkers is the multi-dimensional development of the Hindus as an individuals, and which then have to be aggregated and harmonized to foster a united community on the collective concept of Hindutva. I shall therefore rely on the works of all three visionaries to formulate the Agenda of Hindutva herein. Thus, I shall address the question of agenda of Hindutva for political action here within the parameters set by Swami Vivekananda, Veer Savarkar and Deendayal Upadhyaya. Swami Vivekananda defined Hindutva, upon returning from Chicago in 1896 in an address in Lahore as follows: “Mark me, then and then alone you are a Hindu when the very name Hindu sends through you a galvanic shock of strength. Then and then alone you are a Hindu when every man and woman who bears the name Hindu, from any country, speaking our language or any other language, becomes at once the nearest and dearest to you. Then and then alone you are a Hindu
  • 8. 8 when the distress of anyone bearing the name Hindu comes to your heart and makes you fell as if your own son or daughter were in distress” [Collected Works, vol 3, page 379]. Paraphrasing what Veer Savarkar had said, the following is what he said enlightened Hindus need to tell India’s minorities and others: “If you come along with us, then with you. If you do not, then without you. If you oppose us, then inspite of you. Hindutva shall prevail”. And Deendayal Upadhyaya outlined how to modernize the concepts of Hindutva as follows: “We have to discard the status quo mentality and usher in a new era. Indeed our efforts at reconstruction need not be clouded by prejudice or disregard for all that is inherited from our past. On the other hand, there is no need to cling to past institutions and traditions which have outlived their utility”. This is the essence of renaissance. Thus, we should invite Muslims and Christians to join us Hindus on the basis of common ancestry or even seek their return to our fold as Hindus, in this grand endeavour as Hindustanis, on the substance of our shared and common ancestry. However, it is essential to resolve an intrinsic paradox of Hindutva arising out of the individual freedom afforded by Hindu theology. The individual-centric distinctiveness of Hinduism, makes it possible to see millions of Hindus, for example, to come to Kumbh Mela on their own, without a fatwa or invitation or even any publicity about date and place of the Mela, and peacefully and without guidance or dictation, perform their pujas and then depart. It is purely voluntary even as the state does not provide any organization, or subsidy for travel expenses. This is individualism par excellence. With this kind of widespread voluntary commitment of Hindus, seen not only in Kumbh Mela, but in other pilgrimage occasions such as in Sabarimalai, Vaishno Devi, etc., and the reality of our tolerant civilisational history, can we feel secure that we Hindus can and will unite
  • 9. 9 when it becomes necessary to defend against sinister, sophisticated, and violent threats that the religion faces today? We cannot be sure, because the Kumbh Mela spirit not only represents the innate strength of Hinduism, but paradoxically also it’s main weakness. That is, those who assemble at Kumbh Mela do it as an act of individual piety. Hindus do not go to Kumbh Mela to be with other Hindus in a religious congregation, but because they believe that their individual salvation lies in going there. But the current threats to Hindu religion requires a coordinated collective response. Therein lies the paradox to be resolved. Hindus therefore lack the necessary modern mindset that can collectively bond the community in an inclusive virile wholesome unity, which is necessary today to meet the threats that religion faces from terrorism, conversions, religious minority appeasement, and distortions in the history textbooks [for a discussion of the nature of this siege see my Hindus Under Siege: The Way Out (HarAnand, New Delhi, 2005)]. Patriotic Hindus should understand this structural limitation in the theology of Hinduism, that is individualism, is mistakenly taken as apathy, but it requires us to find ways to rectify it for the national good. In the Ramjanmabhoomi Mandir campaign, and the Rama Setu Raksha Abhiyan, the VHP had demonstrated that this individualism is not apathy and that this limitation can be overcome by mass action. This limitation must not only be overcome but we must try rectify it not on an ad hoc basis but on a durable foundation that is sustainable, because Hinduism is being targeted today as never before by terrorism, religious conversion, minority appeasement, debasement in history textbooks, and distortions in the mass media. It is worthy of notice that, recognizing this limitation, Hindu spiritual leaders in the past have from time to time come forward to rectify it, whenever the need arose e.g., as the Sringeri Shankaracharya did by founding the Vijayanagaram dynasty or Swami Ramdas did with Shivaji and the Mahratta campaign.
  • 10. 10 Such involvement of sanyasis is required even more urgently today. Following the lead taken in 1964 by Guru Golwalkar, the Sarsanghachalak of RSS, to bring the Sadhus and sanyasis, into a forum for which the VHP was founded. The VHP has since engaged in mobilization of the sants and sadhus through the Dharma Sansad, and now in the Dharma Raksha Manch for social action, which has become crucial for our spiritual consolidation. In fact, this is the real substance of India as Swami Vivekananda had aptly put it when he stated that: “National union of India must be a gathering up of its scattered spiritual forces. A Nation in India must be a union of those whose hearts beat to the same spiritual tune…. The common ground that we have is our sacred traditions, our religion. That is the only common ground… upon that we shall have to build”. Let us recall here that well before the birth of Christianity and Islam, Hindu religion had been intellectually dethroned by Hinayana Buddhism. But Adi Sankaracharya rethroned Hinduism through his famous shastrarthas [religious debate] and caused a renaissance in Buddhism itself, which later came to be known as Mahayana Buddhism, conceptually in complete harmony with, if not indistinguishable from Hindu theology. It is Mahayana Buddhism that spread to China, Cambodia and Vietnam. In Tamil Nadu, the Azhwars and Nayanmars, also through shastrarthas, repositioned Hinduism after dethroning Jainism and Buddhism. Since then the Hindu dharmacharyas have always been looked up to whenever Hindu society faced a threat or crisis, for guidance to meet these dangers. The recent efforts of Swami Dayananda Sarasvati of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in forming the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha that includes all the Shankaracharyas, Mahamandaleshwars, Akharas, and others as members, as a body corporate, is highly necessary and noteworthy. Moreover, the facts of our history have to be well understood so that we are not condemned to re-live it. Militant Islam and later crusading Christianity had come to India, and aggressively had challenged Hinduism. Because we had then very civilized rules of warfare such as fighting only on open barren fields, and between sunrise and sunset, besides forgiving
  • 11. 11 the loser and sending him back with due honour, these Muslim and Christian invaders despite being much smaller in numbers, seized power in sequence by the changing the rules of combat, and thus established their own state in India lasting centuries. This change of rules is what Prithviraj Chauhan had not realized while repeatedly defeating Mohammed Ghori and then forgiving him. But Chhatrapati Shivaji had fully understood the perfidy of these aggressors, and accordingly improvised new tactics while dealing with the likes of Aurangzeb and Afzal Khan. The difference [in outcomes achieved] between Chauhan and Shivaji thus speaks for itself. Today the terrorists and religious missionaries are doing precisely that again, of playing by new and even more clandestine deceptive rules and by media management. We Hindus have to accordingly devise a new strategy for dealing with them, and will be successful only after understanding the rules by which these enemy forces will scheme against us. It must be said at this juncture that Hindus, barring a small exception, however despite being duped by perfidy of the aggressors for the last thousand years, and even in defeat, remained steadfast in their individual commitment to the Hindu religion. Thus, despite state patronage to the ensuing onslaught, plunder, impoverishment and victimisation, spread over a thousand years, those of Hindu faith could not be decimated, and thus today, Hinduism remains the theology of the vast Indian majority in the length and breadth of the terrain of India [see Annexure 2]. Defiant Hindus thus suffered persecution and economic deprivation during Islamic and Christian reigns, such as through differential taxation [e.g., jezia and zamindari land revenue appropriation] and plain brutality, but by and large refused to capitulate and convert. This is an unprecedented achievement in any civilisational history of any nation. Compare this with the historical fact that Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt crumbled to become 100% Islamic within three decades of Islamic aggression, and so did Europe become 100% Christian within five decades of the Crusades.
  • 12. 12 Even after almost a thousand years of such targeting by Muslims and Christian rulers, undivided India in 1947 was more than 75 % Hindu. This was partly because of the victorious Vijayanagaram [which lasted twice as long and over a larger area than Mughal rule from Akbar to Aurangzeb], the Sikh reign, and Mahratta kingdoms, and later the Freedom Movement, each inspired by sanyasis such Sringeri Shankaracharya, Swami Ramdas, Guru Nanak, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayanand Sarasvati of Arya Samaj, and Sri Aurobindo, besides patriots like Bankim Chatterjee and Subramania Bharati, who by their preaching about the Hindu identity ensured that the flame of Hindu defiance never dimmed. It was also due to individual defiance of Hindus such as of Rana Pratap, Rani Jhansi, Rani Chennamma, Kattaboman and Netaji Subhas Bose. These icons are admired not because they led us to victory [in fact they were defeated or killed], or had found out for us Hindus a safe compromise with the aggressors [they did not!], but because of their courage of conviction in the face of huge odds not to submit to tyranny. That courageous defiance is also is part of our glorious legacy of Hindutva. But those who capitulated like Raja Man Singh or Jai Chand or Pudukottai Raja in order to live in pomp and grandeur by capitulating before the invader for selfish motives and betraying our heroes in war with the aggressor, are despised today by the people. Thus, Hindus safeguarded the nation remembering their heroes even those who lost, and rejecting those who had capitulated to the invader even if they prospered. This is also an essence of Hindutva. But such passive defiance or intermittent victories in the battlefield to safeguard Hindu Rashtra is not sufficient for the future survival of the Hindu civilization. Hindus today have won their freedom but it has not been translated into civilisational independence as Parmacharya had wanted. In 1947, temporal power and freedom were defacto restored to the Hindu majority. But the Indian state formally adopted secularism, which concept however was never properly defined or debated. For example, it left vague what a modern Indian’s connection was with the nation’s
  • 13. 13 Hindu past and legacy. What Nehru grafted on the nation was a vague concept of secularism which operationally meant that anything European in mores and manners was good and anything Hindu was obscurantist. In the name of secularism, it was taboo for a public servant even to break a coconut or light an oil lamp to inaugurate an official function on the ground that religious symbols must not invade public life! This orthodox concept of secularism has debilitated the civilisational independence of the Hindus since 1947 after we had recovered our freedom. Secular orthodoxy was promoted by Jawarharlal Nehru and his Leftist advisers in a number of ways. The government took over supervision of temples, legislated on Hindu personal laws, and regulated religious festivals, but kept aloof from the Muslim and Christian religious affairs. In fact, data from Karnataka show that during 1997-2002, over 250,000 temples under state government administration had appropriated Rs 391.40 crores in revenue from devotee offerings, but only Rs.84.00 crores of that was spent on the temples for its upkeep. As a consequence of this meager expenditure, over 8000 temples went into disuse. Madrasas and Haj travel however received Rs. 180.60 crores from these temple funds! Churches got Rs.44.00 crores, thus diverting a total of 78.58% of Hindu temple donations to Muslim, Christian and other non-Hindu activities!! Is this not incredible in a nation of 83% Hindu even in the name of secularism? The secularism principle was thus foisted on the Hindu masses without making him understand why they had to abide by such discriminatory legislation, but not Muslims and Christians. As a result of the Nehruvian secularist’s chicanery and treachery, the renaissance that had begun in the late nineteenth century to redefine the Hindu identity [in contemporary terms and norms valid in a pluralistic society], was aborted by the confusion thus created in Hindu minds by a vaguely understood concept of secularism. Confusion causes debilitation of one’s strength. Adherence to Hinduism today is also being sought to be diluted and debilitated in the name of modernity and this dilution is made a norm of secularism. Religion, it is advocated, is personal. To be a good Hindu today is conceptually being reduced to just praying, piety, visiting
  • 14. 14 temples, and celebrating religious festivals. This is not enough to meet the challenge that Hindus face today from hostile forces of Islam and Christianity. Electoral politics has further confounded the issues arising out of secularism, and hence the Indian society is becoming gradually and increasingly fragmented in outlook and of confused perspective. Hindu society, divided by caste, is becoming increasingly mutually antagonistic. The nation’s enemies are easily gaining simply by leveraging secularism and modernity in this era of mass communication and globalization. Moreover, secularism as practiced today is a one- way commitment for Hindus only. If any atrocity takes place in Hindus, for example, Muslims and Christians do not protest and side with Hindus. Hence, time has arrived to completely reject this confused, confounded and one-sided concept of secularism, and not even attempt to re-define it as between ‘authentic’ and ‘pseudo- secularism’. We need instead to make a clean break, by simply saying that we reject secularism as being vague and instead want India to be a spiritual society based on Hindu ethos and Hindutva. Hinduism guarantees sarva pantha sama bhava and hence Hindutva based on Hindu theology is no threat to any other religion as Justice Bharucha had pointed out[op.cit.]. Attempts at Hindu debilitation are also being made through falsification in history texts adopted for curriculum in the education system, to disconnect and disinherit the contemporary Indian from the past glory of Hindu India. The intrinsic Hindu unity has been sought to be undone by legitimizing such bogus concepts as Aryan-Dravidian racial divide theory [AIT], or that India as a concept never existed till the British imperialists invented it, or that Indians have always been ruled by invaders from abroad. There is no such word as ‘Aryan’ in Sanskrit literature [closest is ‘arya’ meaning honourable person, and not community] or Dravidian [Adi Sankara had in his shasthrartha with Mandana Mishra at Varanasi, called himself as a ‘Dravida shishu’ that is a child of where three oceans’ coastline meet, i.e., Kaladi in Kerala and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu; i.e., south India].
  • 15. 15 The theory was deliberate distortion by British imperialists and propagated by their witting and unwitting mental slaves of India. Incidentally, the Aryan-Dravidian myth has now been exploded by modern research on DNA of Indians and Europeans conducted by Professor C.Panse of Newton, Mass. USA, Dr.Ms. Patel of Houston, Texas USA, and other scholars. Most recently, Dr.Toomas Kivisild of Cambridge University, U.K., and Dr.Gyaneshwar Chaubey of the University of Tartu in Estonia, have concluded after four years of research on 12,000 samples that all Indians “had common genetic traits irrespective of the regions of India to which they belonged.” Thus they rule out the so-called AIT [Aryan Invasion Theory]. In light of such new research, the British Broadcasting Corporation[BBC] service in it’s October 6, 2005 service completely debunked the Aryan—Dravidian race theory stating that: “Theory was not just wrong, it included unacceptably racist ideas” [www.bbc.co.uk, religion&ethics homepage, Thursday, 6/10/05]. Modern India is portrayed by foreign interests through school and college curriculum as a discontinuity in history and as a new entity much as are today’s Greece, Egypt or Iraq. That curriculum is largely intact today. On the contrary efforts are afoot to bolster the disparagement of our past in the new dispensation today. A rudderless India, disconnected from her past has, as a consequence, becomes a fertile field for religious poachers and neo-imperialists from abroad who paint India as a mosaic of immigrants, not as a nation, but much like a crowd on a platform in a railway station. But instead the reality is that today’s India is connected to her hoary past because this India is a nation of Hindus and those others [such as Muslims and Christians] whose ancestors were Hindus. That definition applies to Jews and Parsis too because of inter-marriage which is now proved by DNA testing. The identity of Indian is thus Hindustani, a Hindu Rashtra i.e., a republican nation of Hindus and those others[non-Hindus] who proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus. It is this acknowledgement that remains pending today. We can accept Muslims and Christians as part of our Hindustani family when they proudly acknowledge this fact and accept that change religion does not require change of culture. Thus the cultural identity of India is undeniably, immutably, and obviously its Hindu-ness, that is Hindutva.
  • 16. 16 It is however being clandestinely propagated that India has belonged to those who forcibly occupied it. This is the theme around which the Islamic fundamentalists and fraud Christian crusaders are again at work, much as they were a thousand years ago, but of course in new dispensations, sophistication, and media forms. Thus the concept of intrinsic Hindu unity based on Hindutva, and India’s Hindu foundation are dangerously under challenge by these forces. Tragically most Hindus today are not even cognizant of it. That is why we need today to campaign today for inculcation of Hindutva, to wake up our people, for which we need a clear commitment an Agenda. Swami Vivekananda propounded the concept of Hinduness [Hindutva]. The roots of Hindutva are thus in Swami Vivekananda’s sermons and writings, and represent the Vedantic definition of the identity of the modern Hindu. However, Marxist intellectuals and their Macaulayist fellow travelers have deliberately obfuscated the Vedanta roots of Hindutva and have run a vicious campaign to wrap the concept in Fundamentalism. Hence before I venture further here, I need first to rebut the premises underlying this campaign since the renaissance that had begun in the late nineteenth century to redefine the Hindu identity [in contemporary terms and norms valid in a pluralistic society], was aborted by the confusion thus created in Hindu minds by a vaguely understood concepts implicit in the Marxist and neo-Marxist verbiage because of which Indian society became gradually and increasingly fragmented in outlook and of confused perspective. This is understandable since Vedantic Hindutva is antithetical to Marxism. Marx had advocated that human history is capable of economic interpretation only and in this one- dimensional society, violent class struggle between the haves and have-nots is the only method of change. It must lead to the annihilation of the haves by the have-nots, which Marx termed as “revolutionary violence”.
  • 17. 17 But this challenge today confronting Hindus is much more difficult to meet than it was ever earlier in history, because the forces at work to erode and undermine Hindu faith, unlike before, are unseen, clandestine, pernicious, deceptive but most of all sophisticated and media- savvy. Tragically therefore, a much larger numbers and more educated of Hindus have been unwittingly co-opted in this sinister conspiracy directed by foreigners who have no love for India and who also see much as Lord Macaulay did in the nineteenth century, that the hoary Hindu foundation of India is a stumbling block for the furtherance of their nefarious perfidious game. The concept of a collective Hindu mindset is being ridiculed as chauvinist and retrograde, even fundamentalist. The BJP is regularly advised by its enemies to purge out Hindutva from its poll plank to become more “acceptable”. This fatuous advice from enemies deserves to thrown into the dustbin where it belongs. There is nothing to debate in this because such a debate would only be dysfunctional and will disrupt the synergy between voter appeal and cadre morale that is necessary for electoral success of the Hindutva forces. It should always be remembered that despite all the wooing of Muslim vote by diluting the Hindutva agenda, even by eschewing any reference to it, the share of total Muslim vote received by the BJP never exceeded 5%, while the Congress Party received a steady 36%. The future political action for electoral success for Hindutva forces therefore lies in acquiring a USP, which can be achieved only through Hindu ideological consolidation of the voters. That is why Hindutva is crucial, because if the Hindus become a vote bank and engage in bloc-voting in a nation of 83% Hindus, then Muslim and Christian vote banks will become redundant. The corporate Hindu unity and identity based on Hindutva, is that of a collective mindset that identifies us all, Hindus and others, with a motherland from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean and it’s glorious civilisational past, and the concomitant resolve of it’s representative leadership, defined as “chakravartin” by Chanakya, to defend that vision. It is this concept and resolve that is being sought to be discarded or is just evaporating under the onslaught of the Nehruvian secularists.
  • 18. 18 However pious a Hindu becomes, or how many millions come to Kumbh mela, Sabarimala etc., however prosperous Hindu temples and ashrams become from doting devotees’ offerings, when the nation is in danger it is this collective mindset of the people that matters, and not the piety of the individual in that collective. Otherwise we may be numerous like goats and sheep, but will run helter skelter at the sight of just one tiger or hyena. Or we can be individually strong and well fed like circus lions, but obey the commands of a physically much weaker circus ring master because of the enslaved mindset. Hindu society today lacking a cohesive corporate identity, is thus in the process of becoming fragmented, and hence increasingly in disarray. This fission process is on simultaneously with the reality of millions of Hindus going to temples regularly. The Hindu consciousness that is needed today therefore is that which encompasses the willingness and determination to collectively defend the faith from the erosion that is being induced by the disconnect with our glorious past. That glorious past in aptly summarized in the writings of Dr.Ambedkar, and his oration in the Constituent Assembly for a strong united country. In his scholarly paper presented in a 1916 Columbia University seminar[and published in Indian Antiquary, vol. XLI, May 1917 p.81-95] Dr.Ambedkar then a mere graduate student studying for a Ph.D. in economics, had stated: “It is the unity of culture that is the basis of homogeneity. Taking this for granted, I venture to say that there is no country that can rival the Indian Peninsula with respect to the unity of it’s culture. It has not only a geographic unity, but it has over and above all a deeper and much more fundamental unity—the indubitable cultural unity that covers the land from end to end”. Ambedkar wrote in this vein several such brilliant books, but alas, Nehru and his cohorts so thoroughly frustrated him and electorally humiliated him that in the end bitterness drove him to his sad end. We must honour him now as a great Rajrishi and co-opt his writings as part of the Hindutva literature.
  • 19. 19 That is, by a failure to usher a renaissance after 1947 India has lost her opportunity to cleanse the accumulated dirt and unwanted baggage of the past. The nation missed a chance to demolish the birth-based caste theory as Ambedkar had wanted to do. The battering that the concept of Hindu unity and Indian identity has taken at the hands of Nehruvian secularists since 1947 has led to the present social malaise. Thus, even though Hindus are above 80 percent of the population in India, they have not been able to understand their roots in, and obligations to, the Hindu society in a pluralistic democracy. Today the sacrilege of Hindu concepts and hoary institutions, is being carried out not with the crude brutality of past invasions, but with the sophistication of the constitutional instruments of law. The desecration of Hindu icons, for example the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt, is being made to look legal, thereby completely confusing the Hindu people, and thus making them unable to recognize the danger, or to realize that Hindus have to unite to defend against the threats to their legacy. We Hindus are under siege today; and we do not know it !! That is, what is truly alarming is that Hindu society could be dissembled today without much protest since we have been lulled into loss of self-esteem about our past or that the capacity to think collectively as Hindus has been grossly weakened. Hindus are thus being today systematically prepared for psychological enslavement and conceptual capture by subtle brain-washing. Hindus are being lulled, while Muslims and Christians are being subject to relentless propaganda that they are different, and are citizens of India as would be a shareholder in a company that is run for profit, and not as those who are descendents of Hindus, and a product of conversion and force, and that they too have a duty to perform in protecting Hindu culture. But, if this degeneration and disconnect are not rectified and repaired by a resolve to unite people, the Indian nation may go into a tail spin and ultimately fade away like other civilizations, like Greece and Egypt, have for much the same reason. To resist this siege, we need Hindutva. Numbers [of those claiming to be adherents to Hinduism] do not matter in today’s information society. It is the durability and clarity of the
  • 20. 20 Hindu mindset and quality of commitment to Hinduness of those who unite that matters in the forging of an instrument to fight this creeping danger. However, today the Hindu mind suffers from a cognitive dissonance, that is, a mental disorientation that arises from conflicting modes of thought because it lacks a framework of consistent beliefs. Today’s Hindu suffers from equivocation and temporization in his mindset in his craze to appear to be impartial and sound secular. We cannot be impartial or equivocate for example between the fire brigade and the fire. We are under a siege and we have to break through it and get it lifted. Equivocation and nonchalance at this juncture will destroy us. Nor we Hindus can fight this existential threat unless we first identify what we have to fight. We cannot effectively respond unless we understand the nature and complexity of the challenge. What makes the task of defending Hinduism much more difficult today is that the oppressors are not obvious murderous entities as were Ghazni, Ghori, or Clive. The means of communication and the supply of funds in the hands of our enemies are multiples of that available in the past, for camouflaging their evil purposes. That basic strategy of those who want to see a weak and pliant India remains the same as before: Making Hindus to lose their self esteem by disparaging their tradition, the strategy of British imperialists for the conquest of India. Only the tactics have changed. Now the target is the Hindu institutions and Hindu icons, and the route is not the creation of a comprador class of civil servants and Zamindar-revenue collectors as the British did to subdue the nation, but fostering a psychological milieu to denigrate the heritage and to delink the Hindu from his past legacy thereby causing a loss of self esteem and a pride in the nation’s past, as had been attempted in the Rama Setu issue. At the same time, the lack of Hindu unity and the determined bloc voting in elections by Muslims and Christians has created a significantly large leverage for these two religious communities in economic, social and foreign policy making. Thus, although uniform civil code is a Directive Principle of state policy in the Constitution, it is taboo to ask for it because of this leverage. It is not as if Muslims will not accept uniform laws when it suits them, even if it is
  • 21. 21 against the Shariat. For example, Muslims accept uniform criminal code under the IPC even though it infringes the Shariat, but resist uniform civil code because it violates the Shariat. These contradictions are permitted for Muslims by the Mullahs because India is Darul Harab. Accordingly Muslim leadership deploys its leverage where it is tactically advantageous. This leverage exists despite the people of India who declare in the Census that they are adherents of religions which were born on Indian soil, that is Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains constituted 83.21% of the total Indian population in last Census in 2001. In 1941, this proportion, adjusted for Partition, was 84.44%. But this figure hides the fact that Hindus resident in undivided Pakistan have migrated to post- Partition India which is why the share of Hindus and co-religionists have barely reduced since 1941. In the area now called Bangladesh, Hindus were 30% in 1941. In 2001 they are less than 8%. In Pakistan of today, Hindus were 20% in 1941, and less than 2% in 2001. Such religious cleansing has however not been noticed by anybody in the world! When Hindus do not care, why should the world take notice? If the figures are adjusted for this migration, then in the five decades 1951-2001, Hindus have lost more 3 percent points in share of Indian population, while Muslims have increased their share by about 3%. What is even more significant is that Hindus have lost 12% points since 1881, and the loss in share has begun to accelerate since 1971 partly due to illegal migration of Muslims from Bangladesh. The continued rise in the share of Muslims and Christians in the total population is a threat to the Hindu foundation of the nation. And we have to find ways and means to meet this threat as well. Thus, differential application of family planning, non-uniform civil code, illegal migration, and induced religious conversion have together have created a serious looming crisis for the Hindu demographic character of the nation. We can see clearly what Muslim majority will mean to Hindus when we look at the situation in Kashmir or in Meerut, Mau or even in the tiny town panchayat of Melvisharam near Vellore. In these areas, Muslims in majority behave
  • 22. 22 toward Hindu minority much as Saudi Arabian rulers behave with Hindu migrant workers in religious oppression. Moreover, patriots concerned with the safeguarding of the Hindu foundation of the nation have to take note that conversion to Christian faith has been put on a war footing by religious entrepreneurs. In Dallas, Texas USA, the Global Pastors Network [GPN] held a conference in 2006 and resolved that over the next fifteen years, the organization will support financially worldwide the construction of five million churches and conversion of one billion persons to Christianity. From India alone the target, according the Evangelist Pat Robertson, is 100 million persons. Hence, Hindus are facing a terrible pincer: Islamic fast population growth and illegal migration, in conjunction with Christian money induced conversion activities. Hindus have therefore to hang together or ultimately be hanged separately. This is no inflamed psychosis. Not long ago, despite being the overwhelming majority, Hindus had to pay discriminatory taxes to the Muslim and Christian emperors who were ruling India. Lack of unity and lack of a strategy were the reasons for this subjugation, and not poverty. In fact when the onslaught and enslavement took place, India was the richest country in the world and of 100% Hindus. Within 1000 years thereafter, we were reduced to the poorest in the world and with millions of Muslims and Christians despite Hindus valiant resistance. Now if the demographic restructuring described herein goes on unchecked in the current globalised scenario then the danger becomes several fold. If one were to study the terrorism in Kashmir and Manipur, it is apparent that Hindus have been the special target. The driving away of the Hindu population from the Kashmir valley by targeted terrorism of Islamic jihadis is the single biggest human rights atrocity since Nazi Germany pogroms against the Jews. Yet it has hardly received noticed in international fora. Why? Hindu population in Bangladesh has declined from 30 percent in 1950 to less than 8 percent of the total population today by deliberate targeted ethnic cleansing by Islamic fanatics aided and abetted by their government[see Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India’s State of Jammu& Kashmir: A Survey of Human Rights,June17,2005, http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org]
  • 23. 23 and yet there is no outcry. Why? This is because of the lack of Hindu mindset to retaliate against atrocities against Hindus. When in 1949, anti-Hindu riots took place in East Pakistan, Sardar Patel had declared that if the government there could not control it, then India was quite capable of putting it down for them. Soon after, the riots stopped! Terrorist attacks against India and Hindus in particular thus is growing because we seem today incapable of retaliating in a manner that it deters future attacks. According to the well known National Counter terrorism Center, a US government body, in it’s report titled A Chronology of International Terrorism for 2004 states that: “India suffered more significant acts of terrorism than any other country in 2004″, a damning comment because today in 2009 the situation is much worse. India is today suffering on an average about 25 incidents of terrorism a month. India’s Home Ministry in it’s 2004-05 Annual Report to Parliament had acknowledged that 29 of the 35 states and union territories are affected by terrorism. Moreover, all India’s neighbours have become hot-beds for anti-Indian terrorists training. Because of a lack of Hindu unity and a mindset for deterrent retaliation, terrorists have become encouraged. In 1989, the Indian government released five dreaded terrorists to get back the kidnapped daughter, Rubaiyya, of the then Home Minister. Kashmir terrorists got a huge boost by this capitulation. When the Indian Airlines plane with 339 passengers was hijacked to Kandahar in Afghanistan, the government again capitulated whatever the reason, and released three of the most dangerous terrorists. Today three of the most murderous terrorist organizations in Kashmir are directed by these three freed terrorists. Then there is the case of the LTTE which murdered Rajiv Gandhi. We never made any effort to apprehend the leader of the LTTE V. Prabhakaran who had ordered the assassination. Even more surprising, those MPs [of PMK, MDMK, and DMK] who publicly praise that leader and hold the assassination as justified, have become Union Ministers in a coalition led by the widow of Rajiv Gandhi! And the daughter of the slain leader went to the convicted murder
  • 24. 24 conspirator in Vellore jail to cry together with the killer about the woe befallen to her father and victim! The only explanation can be that the Gandhi family has something to hide in the assassination. Terrorism cannot be fought by appeasement. But that precisely is what the government is doing. Tragically, innocent Hindus have invariably been the victims of this capitulation. To combat terrorism, there has to be a determination to never to negotiate a settlement with terrorists. Citizens of a country have to be educated that there will be hazards when faced with acts of terrorism, but that the goal of the government will always have to be to hunt down the terrorists and fix them. Only under such a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism, will the ultimate good emerge. For example in the Indian Airlines hijack case in order not to risk 339 passengers’ lives the government released Mohammed Azhar from jail. But Azhar went to Pakistan after his release and formed the Jaish-e-Mohammed which has since then killed nearly two thousand innocent Hindus and is still continuing to do so. How has the nation gained by the Kandahar capitulation then? Hence the national political leadership has to treat the fight against terrorism as a dharmayudh, as fight to the finish and a religious duty not to negotiate, compromise or capitulate to terrorists. The government must also safeguard the nation by adopting a policy of deterrence by making the terrorists’ political objectives nullified [see my book: Terrorism in India: A Strategy for Deterrence, Har Anand, 2007 for specific deterrence policies]. The well known organization Transparency International has graded about 140 countries according to the corruption levels from least to the most. India appears near the bottom of the list as among the most corrupt. Recently The Mitrokhin Archives II has been published wherein KGB documents have been relied on to conclude that shamefully “India was on sale for KGB bribes”. If India is the one of the most corrupt countries today and purchasable, it is because the core Hindu values of simplicity, sacrifice and abstinence have been systematically downgraded over the years. Wealth obtained by any means has become the criteria for social status and political activity.
  • 25. 25 There was a time in India when persons of learning and simplicity enjoyed the moral authority in society to make even kings bow before them. Not long ago, Mahatma Gandhi and later Jayaprakash Narayan without holding office were here exercising the same moral authority over political leaders. In a very short period, that Hindu value has evaporated. India is fast becoming a Banana Republic in which everything, person, or policy appears to be available to anyone with ill-gotten wealth, of course for a price. The proposal, now implemented in some states, to have reservation in government employment for Muslims and “Dalit” Christians is another such sell-out. Reservation quotas are strictly for those whom the Hindu society due to degeneration had suppressed or had isolated from the mainstream scheduled caste and Tribes thus suffered imposed disabilities. But those who were ruling classes in our nation, such as Muslims and Christians, and that too for a total of 1000 years, cannot claim that their disability is imposed to avail of this facility. But some political parties in reckless disregard for equity and history, have sold out for bloc votes the national interest by advocating for such a reservation proposal. In such a situation the nation’s independence and sovereignty slides into danger of being subverted and then rendered impotent. Such betrayal has happened before in our history, not when the nation was poor but was the richest country in the world. India then was ahead in science, mathematics, art and architecture. And yet because the moral fibre had weakened, all was lost. We had to struggle hard to recover our freedom. But by the time we did, we had lost all our wealth and dropped to the bottom of the list of countries in poverty. II The Hindutva Agenda Therefore my call today is first and foremost for undiluted unity of Hindus, a unity based on a mindset that is nurtured and fostered on the fundamentals of a renaissance. Only then Hindus can meet the challenge of Christian missionaries and Islamic fundamentalists. I can do no better here than quote Swami Dayananda Sarasvati:
  • 26. 26 “Faced with militant missionaries. Hinduism has to show that its plurality and all- encompassing acceptance are not signs of disparateness or disunity. For that, a collective voice is needed.” Since the task to defeat the nefarious forces ranged today against Hindu society is not going to be easy, we cannot therefore trust those amongst in our midst whose commitment to the motherland is ambivalent or ad hoc or those who feel no kinship to the Hindu past of the nation. We partitioned a quarter of Hindustan to enable those Muslims who could not live with Hindus in a democratic framework of equality and fraternity. Hence, we have to ensure by our persuasive powers of Saam, Dhaam, Bheda, and Dand to foster in all citizens to Hinduness or Hindutva. With this in mind, I suggest the following Agenda for Action: First, the concept of Hindustan defines the identity of India. That is, Hindustan is a nation of Hindus and those others who proudly accept that their ancestors are Hindus. Muslims and Christians shall be part of the Hindustan if they accept this truth and revere it. That is the first dimension of Hindutva, that is of a Brihad Hindutva. Therefore, the first item of a Hindutva Agenda has to be to establish the overriding Hindustani identity of all citizens of Bharat, that is India based on the concept of Brihad Hindutva. In this inclusive concept of Hindutva we have to examine and determine if the present divisive caste system can be considered as sustainable. Second, Sanskrit and the Devanagari script, in addition to the mother tongue and its script, will one day in the future, be Hindustan’s link language. All the main Indian languages have already a large percentage of their vocabulary common with Sanskrit. Even Tamil which is considered as ancient, has 40% words in common with Sanskrit. The scripts of all Indian languages are derived or evolved from Brahmi script. Hence, the second item of the Hindutva Agenda has to be a commitment to re-throne Sanskrit with Devanagari script as Hindustan’s link language, which is to be achieved through a compulsory 3-language formula of mother tongue, Hindi, and English in all schools, and by a steady sanskritization of Hindi’s vocabulary till Sanskritized Hindi becomes indistinguishable from Sanskrit.
  • 27. 27 Third, Hindus, and those others who are proud of their Hindu past and origins, must learn the correct history of India. That history which records that Hindus have always been, and are one; that caste is not birth-based nor immutable but a code of discipline by choice and adherence. India is a continuum, sanatana. That is, ancient Hindus and their descendents have always lived in this area from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean, an area called Akhand Hindustan, and did not come from outside; and that there is no truth in the Aryan-Dravidian race theory. Instead Hindus went abroad to spread learning. Also fresh perspectives have to be given to chronology including recognizing that the Vijaynagaram Dynasty lasted 300 years reigning over a larger area than the Mughals from Akbar to Aurangzeb which lasted about 150 years. But most all this history must record the valiant and continuous struggle against the foreign invaders whether Islamic or Christian and the ultimate victory in 1947 and never having had capitulated. So the third item of the Hindutva Agenda item has to be a total and complete re-writing of history text books, that are then prescribed in educational institutions. Fourth, the virat Hindutva mindset is to retaliate when attacked. The retaliation must be massive enough to deter future attacks. If terrorists come from training camps in Pakistan, Bangla Desh or Sri Lanka, Hindus must seek to carpet bomb those training camps, no matter the consequences. If 5 lakh Kashmiri Hindus are driven out of the Valley by Islamic terrorists, we must arm and financially equip 10 lakhs of the able-bodied ex-servicemen to go with their families and settle in the former residences of the driven-out Hindus. If Bangla Desh permits its population to infiltrate into Hindustan, then our armed forces should annex the northern parts of Bangla Desh [above the line from Khulna to Sylhet] as compensation within the meaning of the Indian Independence Act of June 1947 passed by the British Parliament to legitimize Partition. The Act was framed on the principle that territory in proportion to Muslims not wanting to live under what Jinnah called as the ‘hegemony’ of the Hindus, be carved out as Pakistan. One-third of Banla Desh has already infiltrated into Hindustan to live under Hindu ‘hegemony’ so one- third of Bangla Desh territory must be re-claimed, or Bangla Desh should take their people back. Thus, virat Hindutva minded Indians must prefer to lose everything they possess rather than submit to treachery, tyranny or to terrorism. Today those in India who submit to terrorists
  • 28. 28 and hijackers hence must be vehemently despised as anti-Hindus. They cannot be good Hindus just because they are pious or go regularly to the temple, or good Hindustanis just because they are citizens of India or even tom-tom religious slogans. Today’s so-called self proclaimed “good” Hindus have however failed to avenge or retaliate for the attack on Parliament, Akshaya Mandir, Ayodhya, and even a former Prime Minister’s[Rajiv Gandhi’s] assassination. On the other hand those who defend these assassins and praise the terrorist organization behind them, are central government Ministers today. Thus, the fourth item of the Hindutva Agenda has to be a commitment of ‘zero tolerance’ for terrorists, also for those who forcibly or by inducements seek to convert Hindus to other religion, and to never negotiate with them unless they surrender, and to retaliate against the political objectives of these enemies. This is virat Hindutva. At this juncture I would like to add a basic axiom that we must always remember. While we may adhere to the principle of Hindu secularism, i.e., sarva pantha sama bhava, we must never forget one fundamental tenet of Islamic behavior: Islam teaches that Muslims must behave differently when in majority, from when in strong minority [if majority waffles or appeases], and in weak minority [if majority is united and clear sighted]. Saudi Arabia is in the first category, termed as Darul Islam, India, UK and Germany is in the second category called Darul Harab. Australia, China, and US is in the third category held to be Darul Ahad or takkiyya. This categorization applies even within countries. Kashmir is held to be Darul Islam, and hence Hindus have to be driven out or killed as kafirs, or brutalized as dhimmis, their temples razed, and their women publicly raped. Even in Tamil Nadu where Muslims state-wise are less than 5% of the population, and culturally very close to Hindus, there are 40 Town Panchayats where Muslims are in majority, and there the Muslim psychology undergoes a complete transformation. Thus, what happens in Kashmir happens also in these elected Town Panchayats but in more subdued forms for the hapless minority Hindus of these Town Panchayats. I had to go before the Madras High Court in PIL to ensure that the poorest scheduled caste Hindus of Melvisharam Town Panchayat (75% Muslim) are provided the minimum civic amenities to the Hindu area. Hindus had been a choice by the Panchayat: Either convert to Islam, or lose civic amenities. For
  • 29. 29 20 years the Hindus held out and suffered horrible civic conditions till they came to me, and I went to court. Still the problem is not over. The DMK TN Government has gone in appeal to the Supreme Court. I believe similar is the fate of Hindus in Mau and Azamgarh, Meerut, and good parts of Assam. Darul Islam is a Muslim religious concept of a land where Muslims rule, and the non- believers in Islam are termed as ‘Dhimmis”. The term ‘Dhimmi’ was coined after the Jews were crushed in Medina[Khaybar to be exact], and the defeated Jews accepted that if they did not convert to Islam, then they would accept second class status politically, culturally, and religiously. This included zero civil rights including the right to modesty of women, and the special tax jizya. There is thus no scope for Muslims and non-Muslims uniting as equals in the political, cultural, or social system in a Darul Islam where Muslims rule. Secular order in India thus is possible only when Muslims are not in power. Thondi, Rasathipuram, and other places prove that the Muslim mind suffers from a dangerous duality—of seeking secularism when out of power and imposing a brutal demeaning theocracy for non-Muslims when in power. It is this duality that patriotic Hindus must re-shape by modern education and other means, as also retain its demographic overwhelming majority in India. We do not have much time, in fact about 45 years, as the X-graph of statistical regressions estimated by J.S. Bajaj and colleagues shows. ‘X’ represents the two trends—Hindu percentage declining and Muslim percentage rising, and intersecting in the year 2061. The ‘dhimmitude’ of Jews in Medina and later in Mecca represents the beginning of religious apartheid inherent and basic to Islamic mores, and practiced long before what we saw in South Africa on the basis of colour and race, and that which became prevalent during the Islamic imperialist rule in parts of India. Hindus were dhimmis for six hundred years in those parts of India despite being a bigger majority in the country than even today. Hence, a majority is not enough. Hindus need also a Hindu mindset to be free.
  • 30. 30 In his Presidential address to the Muslim League in Lahore in 1940, Mohammed Ali Jinnah had articulated this concept of apartheid in his own inimitable way to suit his patrons, viz., the British colonialists: “To visualize Hindus and Muslims in India uniting to create a common nation is a mythical concept. It is only a fancy dream of some unawakened Hindu leaders….The truth is that Hindus and Muslims are two different civilisations…. since their thought process grow on different beliefs.” Large sections of Muslims in India then had rejected Jinnah and his concept of non- compatibility of Muslims with Hindus. But after Independence and Partition, instead of building on this rejection by many Muslims, the Nehru era saw increasing pandering precisely to the religious element that believed in this apartheid. Indira Gandhi vigorously continued this appeasement thereby nurturing the apartheid mentality of Muslim orthodoxy. But the final undermining of the enlightened Muslim came when the government capitulated in the Shah Bano case. Thousands of Muslims had demonstrated on the streets demanding that the government not bring legislation that would nullify the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Shah Bano case but in vain. Rajiv Gandhi, I learnt later, on counsel from his Italian Catholic family, had surrendered to the hard line clerics who protested that the Supreme Court had no right to interfere and to defacto amend the Shariat, the Islamic law code. These relatives on a directive from the Vatican thought that if secular law would be applied to Muslims, it can be to the Christians too. This was a nonsense argument of the Muslim clerics, since the Shariat had already been amended, without protest, in the criminal law of India. The Indian Penal Code represents the uniform criminal code that equally applies to all religious communities. I therefore ask the clerics: if a Muslim is caught stealing, can any court in India direct that his hand at the wrist be cut off as the Shariat prescribes? If Muslims can accept a uniform criminal code what is the logic in rejecting the uniform civil code? In India, Dhimmi status for Hindus during Islamic imperialist rule has had other social implications. Defiant Brahmins and Kshatriyas who had refused to convert and chose to remain
  • 31. 31 Hindus, were forced to carry night soil and suffer great indignities for their women folk. Or it meant gross mental torture. Guru Tegh Bahadur, for example, had to see his disciples sawed in half, before the pious Guru’s own head was severed and displayed in public. The debasement of Hindu society then was such that those targeted valiant Brahmins and Kshatriyas who had refused to convert and thus made to carry night soil, were disowned by other Hindus and declared to be asprashya or “untouchable”. The ranks of the Scheduled Caste community which was not more than 1% of the population before the advent of Islam in India, swelled to 14 percent by the time Mughal rule collapsed. Thus, today’s SC community especially those who are still Hindus, consists mostly of those valiant Brahmins and Kshatriyas who had refused to become Muslims but preferred ostracization and ignominy in order to remain Hindus. Hindu society today should offer koti koti pranams to them for keeping the Bhagwa Dhwaj of Hindu religion flying even at great personal cost and misery. Here I suggest therefore that we Hindus must understand the true nature of Islam before we can formulate a strategy to defeat those who threaten us. In a later publication, I will write about the true nature of Christianity and how to combat the menace of religious conversions of Hindus. At this juncture let me add even though I oppose conversion as it is indeed violence, as Swami Dayanand Sarasvati boldly wrote to the Vatican Pope, nevertheless if an Indian Muslim or Christian changes his religion to Hinduism today, I will not regard it as conversion because it is a return to the Hindu fold of those whose ancestors had been forcibly converted. Islam is not only and merely what is stated in the Koran. Islam is a trilogy of Koran, Sira and Hadith. This trilogy defines a “true” Muslim or believer. Therefore those who sing praises of the Koran to prove that Islam is intrinsically humane, have not read the Sira and Hadith. While Koran is a compilation of revelations of Allah to Mohammed through angel Gabriel, Sira is essentially a biography of Mohammed, while Hadiths are a collection of proverbs, poems, and
  • 32. 32 practices of Mohammed. Thus Islamic theology is Koran plus what the Prophet said or did. This is borne by content analysis of the trilogy. Koran has 153,000 words, while Sira has 408,000 words, and Hadith compiled by Bukhari has 338,000 words. Hence, Koran is just 17 % of Islam, while Sira and Hadith are 83% and about Prophet Mohammed. For 13 years in Mecca, Mohammed preached the Koran and managed to convert just 150 persons. But in Medina, Mohammed did and said what is contained in Sira and Hadith. Within 10 years he became the King of Arabia, and converted 100 percent of the people who survived the sword of Islam. To enforce his revelations, Mohammed resorted to Jihad, which meant sacred violence as a process of spreading Islam. Holy war is just one phase of Jihad, because Jihad is a process. It is in Sira that one finds a detailed manual of the complete strategy of jihad and political dimension of Islam. Sira is about how Mohammed dealt with those who disagreed with him. In Mecca, Mohammed was conciliatory because he was in a hopeless minority. But he became completely different in Medina, While Koran is personal to every Muslim or believer, Sira and Hadith affect non- believers. Islamic theology is obsessed with what to do with unbelievers and non-believers. Unlike Hinduism, which says not a word against non-believers, in fact says that other religions also lead to God, Islam is harsh on them, and justifies violence against them as sacred. The choice to non-believers in Islam is: convert or accept dhimmitude. Hence, the explanation for Thondi, Rasathipuram, Mau etc., and the duality in ethics practiced by Muslims everywhere. A true hard-core Muslim is Dr.Jekyll when in minority, and Mr.Hyde when in majority. Hindus should also not be defensive about Mosques built on where temples stood because, as the Supreme Court has held in the Faruqui vs. Union of India case [(1994)6 SCC360] that a masjid is not an essential part of Islamic theology, and have been, and can be demolished for public good. Of course, because of this no one in a democracy can take law into his own hands to demolish these masjids. But a Government can remove the masjids in Ayodhya, Kashi, and Brindavan, in fact in 300 other places to rebuild the original temples under law. We should seek Muslims cooperation in this.
  • 33. 33 Therefore one basic axiom for virat Hindutva is: never permit Hindus to become a minority anywhere in Hindustan. Populate, de-populate, re-convert, and use Saam, Dhaam, Bheda, Danda, but never allow Muslims to become majority anywhere—from village to state. For any kind of secularism, genuine, pseudo, or Hindu, we Hindus have to be necessarily in majority. We cannot blame Muslims for this—their mind is clear and set by Islam. We Hindus are at fault—our mindset is of the numerous goats in a forest or of lions in a circus. We lack today a virat Hindutva mindset. Fifth, our Hindutva ideology has to be based on Ekatma Manavad or Integral Humanism. Deendayal Upadhyaya recognized as far back as 1965 that the world cannot be a happier place merely by material progress. There has to be a harmonisation of material progress with spiritual development of any human being. This reality has dawned after centuries on Christians and even Communists. No wonder, the Newsweek article [Annexure 4] states that Americans feel increasingly that they logically “are all Hindus today”. The Chinese President Hu Jintao actually got a resolution passed in a special session of the Communist Party of China in October 2006 that Chinese progress is sustainable only if China adopts the concept of “Harmonious Society” in which blending of material progress with spiritual values [drawn from Confucious and Buddha] is the only way to progress for China. In 2007 China ruled by the atheistic Communist Party convened an international conference on Buddhism! Thus, the far-sighted Deendayalji advocated the concept of the ‘Integral Human’, which concept is squarely within the Hindu ethos and based on Hindutva. Ekatma Manavad or Integral Humanism, as he termed it, contrasts this harmonization as it differs from capitalism and communism. [The tabular presentation in Annexure 3 brings this out]. III Political Action for Implementation of the Agenda: Three Steps
  • 34. 34 These five items together constitute the Brihad Virat Ekatma Hindutva Agenda, which if followed and sincerely implemented will lead to a bonding that Hindus need today to confront the challenge that Hindu civilization is facing from Islamic terrorists, fraud Christian missionaries from abroad, and a gang of Marxists and Macaulayist intellectuals in the academia and media, who are also aided and abetted by confused Hindus within the country. Without such a Hindu unity based on the implied mindset in the Agenda we will be unable to nullify and root out the subversion and erosion that undermine today the Hindu foundation of India. This foundation is what makes India distinctive in the world, and hence we must safeguard this legacy with all the might and moral fibre that we can muster, for and with Hindutva, and thus seek the implementation of this five-point Hindutva Agenda. In the implementation of this Agenda we will get great moral support from Hindus resident abroad because of their sheer commitment to the Hindus. I refer not only to skilled professionals in US and Europe, but in equal measure if not more to the valiant indentured and brutalized labour taken forcibly from India by British colonialists to far away Guyana, Fiji, Mauritius and Africa, who despite being isolated and cut off from contact with the motherland fiercely fought for generations to keep their Hindu identity. The motherland must now own them as its dear tested children, and co-opt them in our struggle to establish Hindutva in Hindustan to achieve Hindu Rashtra. Moreover, we must also welcome anyone who becomes a Hindu whatever his pedigree and blood as Swami Vivekananda, Veer Savarkar[as exemplified by his attitude in the Sister Nivedita case], and Deendayalji made clear: no discrimination between Indian and foreigner Hindu. Free from economic constraints and aching for an identity, and well educated, I have seen the Hindus abroad able to organize and effectively challenge the attempts to slander Hindu religious symbols and icons. Overseas Hindus have contributed during our Freedom Struggle, the fight against the Emergency, and in enabling our acharyas to spread the message of the Hindu religion abroad. Our final goal has to be to spread Hindutva and Hindu theology abroad, but by example and not by inducing conversion. This has to been done without demeaning other religions.
  • 35. 35 At home, since in a democracy the war is in fighting of elections, we must therefore resolve to foster a Hindu consciousness that leads to a cohesive vigorous Hindu unity and mindset, so that the Hindustani voter, will cast his ballot in an election only for a Front that will be loyal to the Hindutva Agenda. We cannot afford to be tolerant anymore of past excuses for failure to implement a Hindutva Agenda. Hence, to use the Quit India cry: We must do or die in the effort. Therefore the time for political action is now. From my personal experience as a Minister in a minority government, I can say that lack of majority in Parliament is no excuse for implementing any agenda. As a Minister of Law in the minority Chandrashekhar government I got made K.M. Pandey, the Sessions Judge of Faizabad, a High Court judge despite the fact that the previous V.P. Singh’s three-legged government had issued orders on file that since Pandey had directed the locks on the so-called Babri Masjid to be removed, he should never be made a High Court judge. Mulayam Singh was our Chief Minister of UP, and I however got his protests sufficiently moderated. He cooperated because he knew I would do it anyway make Pandey a judge of the High Court. The same clarity enabled the Chandrashekhar government to get Saifuddin Soz’s kidnapped daughter freed without releasing any dreaded terrorists. There are methods for doing that—mostly based on retaliation. In each case it is the mindset of those elected to high office that matters. It was this mindset that enabled the Chandrashekhar government to nearly solve by an agreement the question of building of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The government however fell before it could be clinched. But it is easier said than done to expect that politicians would do or die for the Hindutva Agenda. As our rudderless democracy has drifted, we are today in a “match-fixing mode” even in electoral contests. In Tamil Nadu, the DMK and AIADMK are bitter enemies, but in most crucial constituencies, a match-fixing arrangements for money had been worked out between Sasikala of the AIADMK and Arcot Veerasamy of the DMK, who are alter egos of their respective top leaders, and determined to keep out the Hindutva forces from Tamil Nadu. The same match-fixing disease has spread to other parties nation-wide. We have to cure it before it completely debilitates and destroys our democracy as it has done in Latin American countries such as Colombia and Peru.
  • 36. 36 Therefore, to meet this challenge, the second step, after the electoral battle is over, is to form a Hindutva Parliamentary and Legislative Forum of hopefully 50 or more MPs and likewise 10% of the Legislative Assemblies. These Forums must use every rule in the parliamentary procedure to make the government accountable for the Hindutva Agenda and to speak, debate and get implemented the five agenda items of Brihad Virat Ekatma Hindutva. For the efficacy of this, a staff of retired Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha Secretariat officials should be created, with remuneration, to draft, file and get listed Motions, Call Attention Notices, Questions, and Petitions. The third step necessary arises from the reluctance today to confront and expose the anti- Hindu personages in Parliament, Academia and Media because of this disease of “match-fixing”. It is said that such attacks would be personal and counter productive. There is, as is being argued however nothing “personal” in such directed and organized attacks. Just as the world focused on Hitler or Mussolini, without thinking of it being personal, or our Hindutva enemies today focus on persons in our ranks without being apologetic, therefore we should identify and expose especially the person who has emerged as the fountain head of the anti-Hindutva campaign today. That person today is Ms. Sonia Gandhi, who is actually a surrogate for the Vatican in India and the dangerous secret violent and underground Opus Dei. Every foreign and fraud Christian missionary from abroad has got protection from her, and they been able to work on tourist visas with impunity to blatantly and vulgarly convert Hindus to Christianity. I am not impressed with Sonia Gandhi adorning a sari, speaking Hindi, visiting temples and sporting the Namaste as a greeting. It does not make her an Indian, leave alone becoming a Hindu. Let us not be gullible because of this. Sita was fooled by Ravana who came dressed as a sadhu in bhagwa colour clothes. He exploited her piety and abducted her. Hence, it is sad that in the Parliament for the last ten years no one has thought it fit to confront Ms. Sonia Gandhi about her past dubious life of lies, corruption, immoral politics, and her long-term connections with the nation’s enemies. She is a citizen by fraud and can be
  • 37. 37 deprived of this citizenship anytime under Section 10 of the Citizenship Act. And yet every government has instead sought to protect her and her complicit son. This “match-fixing” seems to have the dimension of blackmail too for efficacy! But Sonia Gandhi is the catalyst for Hindutva’s enemies, and today is cocooned and positioned to deliver India to our enemies. Hence the fight for Hindutva has to include the dethroning of Ms. Sonia Gandhi from office, and her ilk from Indian politics. There is nothing personal about it. It is as essential as Sri Rama putting Bali out of business by whatever means, and for much the same reason—Bali was an ally of Ravana and controlling Sugrive’s army, while Sonia is a surrogate for the Vatican and Opus Dei positioned inside the government. Since we are in a modern democracy, the methodology of putting Ms. Sonia Gandhi out of action has to be tailored to democratic norms. There is no alternative to that. We cannot permit any short-cutting of the democratic procedure. That means we restrict ourselves to exposure, censure, and deprivation of her civil rights by legal means and constitutionally, to drive her out. But we cannot in this struggle have in our midst those suffering from the “Arjuna virus” as the late Swami Chinmayananda once pointed out referring to Arjuna’s declining to fight at Kurukshetra. In dealing with Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her ilk, there cannot be any ambivalence permitted. Nor therefore those who have something to hide from the public, and hence amenable to her blackmail be permitted in the command structure of the Hindutva campaign. Ms.Sonia Gandhi’s sinister character is now well established with her having been caught perjuring on her educational qualifications, hiding her family’s pre-War Nazi past and post-War KGB connections, the dubious financial deals with Ottavio Quattrocchi, her 1960s shameful employment with a Pakistani agency, her smuggling out antiques and temple statues for auction abroad with the help of Naveen Chawla’s wife, and her now established Swiss Bank secret and illegal accounts of Rs 10,000 crores or more [see “Know Your Sonia” in http://www.janataparty.org] As a widow of the LTTE-murdered Rajiv Gandhi she has felt no shame or held as immoral in entering into an electoral pact with those parties which had praised the LTTE and
  • 38. 38 defended the assassination of her husband as necessary. She not only wrote to the President of India to commute the death sentence awarded to Rajiv Gandhi’s killers by the Supreme Court, but sent her daughter to meet them illegally in prison to pacify these killers—about what is yet to be found out! The struggle for Hindutva cannot succeed in India unless she is out of the way because she has emerged just as Hitler had, as the fulcrum and financial clearing house for all the international and national enemies of Hindu civilisation. The Hindutva movement today cannot afford the warm forgiving heart of a Prithviraj Chauhan. We instead need the cool brain of a Shivaji. The ambivalence of some of the Opposition leaders towards Ms. Sonia Gandhi is therefore, according to me, the first main obstacle in the political front to the march of Hindutva, and in the implementation of the Hindutva Agenda. Hence this ambivalence must be first cured, before Ms. Sonia Gandhi is targeted and moved out of the way by sanctioned democratic tactics and methods. These above noted steps are thus the essential political actions for the implementation of of Brihad Virat Ekatma Hindutva Agenda to weld Hindustanis again vibrant citizens of a Hindu Rashtra.

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